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Music – 35 Minutes Live with “The Twilight Sad”

 

Today post is dedicated to Music!
I am sharing a great video featuring one of my favorite and inspiring bands from nowadays “The Twilight Sad” performing live on KEXP Seattle last March 2015. This is a wonderful live full performance to watch if you don’t know this band or if you want to know more about their great music. I love these guys they are humble, passionate in what they are doing and amazing!

Their music is unique and intense, they deliver great sounds and dark nostalgic atmospheres. It is a magical combination with the beautiful voice of charismatic and intense singer James Graham front man of Scottish post-punk band.   At the moment The Twilight Sad are the “Special Guests” and opening band for the iconic “The Cure” on all the dates of their 2016 North American and European Tour. The Cure couldn’t make a better choice bringing The Twilight Sad out in the light for an exposure very well deserved. They are an outstanding band that is rising up in our contemporary music culture.  Last May I was fortunate to be able to attend  The Cure Concert in Los Angeles where The Twilight Sad opened with an awesome performance.  I was also lucky and happy to meet James Graham in person 😉 If you haven’t,  you can read my detailed post with photos and videos of my fantastic experience attending The Cure Concert at The Hollywood Bowl.
The North American Tour ended beautifully leaving amazing and unforgettable memories.

Right now  The Twilight Sad will have two appearances in UK one on the 27 of August at the “Electric Fields Festival” and one September 10 at “Bestival“!
The European Tour start in October first date in Helsinki -Finland, check out all the Tour Dates. If you like this music don’t miss them live. 😉

Website
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Have a wonderful day and enjoy the music!

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The Cure and The Twilight Sad – Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles May 23, 2016…Amazing!!!

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The Cure

Today post is about my thrilling experience attending the concert of one of the greatest band of all time UK iconic and legendary “The Cure”. Their music amazed millions of fans worldwide during last forty years and I am one of them. This concert is one of the most beautiful experience I had.

On Monday May 23, 2016 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles best known as a historical venue whethe-cure-2016-tour-dates-photo-500x516re great music names of all time has performed.  I was lucky to be able to have a ticket on the second day of the three “Sold Out” shows. The Cure  also performed on Sunday 22 and Tuesday 24 as part of their North America Tour 2016 the first US full-fledged tour in eight years with 33 Shows in US and in Autumn they will be touring in Europe with 26 Shows.

The Cure Tour 2016” will present Robert Smith (voice/guitar), Simon Gallup (bass), Jason Cooper (drums), Roger O’Donnell (keys) and Reeves Gabrels (guitar).

This amazing tour also features another of my favorite band that I discovered quite a while back that I follow and love.  Their music is unique and intense with great sounds and dark atmospheres, it is a magical combination with the beautiful voice of charismatic and intense singer James Graham, front man of Scottish post-punk band “The Twilight Sad”.   They are  the “Special Guests” supporting The Cure on almost all the dates of this 2016 Tour. The Cure couldn’t make a better choice on bringing The Twilight Sad out in the light for an exposure very well deserved, they are an awesome band rising up in our contemporary music.

The Twilight Sad
The Twilight Sad

The Twilight Sad band is based in Glasgow Scotland and was formed in 2003. Since then they released four studio albums, the latest is “Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave.  The band members are James Graham (vocals), Andy MacFarlane (guitar), and Mark Devine (drums). Touring members include Johnny Docherty (bass guitar) and Brendan Smith (keyboards).

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The Twilight Sad – James Graham
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The Twilight Sad will also be performing some headline shows during the tour, one was scheduled in  Los Angeles at the “Teragram Ballroom” on Wednesday May 25. Sadly, I couldn’t attend this one. I really wanted to go to see them perform in their own element in the darkness of an intimate place where you can feel their music shock you deep inside your soul. I won’t miss them next time they come back to L.A. that for sure!

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Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles – Photo ©The Twilight Sad

 

 

I couldn’t be more happy to attend this lifetime wish come true concert and to be able to see two of my loved bands  live in one day! This is truly amazing!

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When I discovered The Cure  I was in Italy, my native country. A friend went to a summer vacation in London and came back with several vinyl albums from a band that at that time we didn’t know so well yet…The Cure! I have to say that after I listened their albums, I was hooked to their music. “Seventeen Seconds” was the one for me iconic and epic album that signed my love life for The Cure.  The beautiful dark timeless sound that distinguish the uniqueness of this band is contained in all the songs of this album and in more to come.  Included is “A Forest” one of my all time favorite songs that give me goosebumps each time I listen to it.

Finally time has arrived…
On May 23, after months of waiting, my day started pretty early getting ready to go to the Hollywood Bowl a 50 minutes drive from where I live.  Exciting feelings were anticipating the concert that I have been waiting for all my life. This day was a very special day for me, it was filled with intense emotions and a “Surreal Surprise”. I am so happy that I was able to attend, I never wanted to miss this. The weather was sunny most of the day and later on turned a little gloomy with an appealing breeze.

 

Hollywood Bowl
The Hollywood Bowl – Photo ©Carolina Russo

When we arrived to the Hollywood Bowl was great to see the big sign saying  “The Cure – The Twilight Sad – Tonight 7:pm – Sold Out” another great concert was about to be written in the history album of this venue. Things were getting real now!
We decided to pass the Hollywood Bowl to find an alternative parking area since the Bowl parking is known to be very crowded. So we drove down the main street at a decent walking distance from the Bowl.

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Welcome to Hollywood – Photo ©Carolina Russo

There is a church with parking that I knew would let people park for events at the Bowl. We drove in looking for someone to ask if was possible to park early since the time was around 3.30pm and the gates of the Hollywood Bowl didn’t open til 5pm. Right at that exact moment when I turned my face toward the street I was stunned! I couldn’t believe what I was seeing!  Walking passed us in the street I see The Twilight Sad singer “James Graham” and the band manager John-Paul Mason, just at that precise moment! They appeared to me out of the blue! Oh Wow!!! That moment was so surreal! How could this be possible??? Instinctively I said, “That’s James!!!” He heard his name because he turned his face looking around trying to figure out who was calling him lol…I couldn’t believe what was happening, everything happened so fast like magic! That was one in a million chances. I kept calling James name and quickly got out to the car so that he could see me. They stopped, turned around and approached me by the fence.  James came close smiling and surprised. I told him that I am a fan.  Then they kindly came around the fence into the parking lot where I was. We started to talk and laugh, we hugged surprised from this amazing moment, it was fantastic like meeting old friends that you haven’t seen in a long time. James was super cool and very friendly, and so was John Paul. While talking we took some photos that I will cherish forever. Here is James! The impressive and intense soul of The Twilight Sad! I love this photo!

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James Graham and Me – Photo ©Carolina Russo

It was definitely one of the most surreal moments I’ve ever had! I couldn’t believe what just happened, this “encounter” alone made my day before it even started. I felt so great and happy!

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Surreal and so cool!  James Graham, John-Paul Mason and Me – Photo ©Carolina Russo

resize_1413626067One of The Twilight Sad beautiful songs that I love is “There’s a Girl in the Corner,” track from 2014 latest album “Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leaveawesome album! This song is also offered as
Exclusive Free Tour Download you can get it here.

I guess today “I was the girl in the corner” 😉 I can only say that it was a fantastic experience to meet James and John Paul, the best things happen when you don’t expect them. Thank you for stopping your walk and taking your time with me. Going to the concert, of course, I was hoping to be able to catch James and the band after the gig at the merchandise booth, but I knew that in L.A. wouldn’t be any easy in a sold out venue like this concert.

So my wish got fully granted with an amazing  unexpected surprise that I will never forget. Thank You for your kindness James!

After of all this we had a little time before the Bowl opened the gates. There were so many people everything was  well-organized and went smooth. While waiting I could hear The Twilight Sad doing their sound check and James voice resonate in between the Hollywood hills very beautiful. It was getting really exciting!

 

 

Outside Hollywood Bowl
Outside The Hollywood Bowl

Around 5.30pm we were able to get inside the arena of the Bowl and had some time to kill after we got our seats. We went around the venue and  to the merchandise booths to buy my  The Cure Tour T-Shirt lots of people and I haven’t seen The Twilight Sad T-shirt that I wanted too!

My The Cure Tshirt
My The Cure T-shirt  –  Photo ©Carolina Russo

Around 7pm was still natural sunlight, the arena wasn’t full yet but people were coming in. The concert started with The  Twilight Sad opening with the  beautiful notes of “There’s a Girl in the Corner” another great surprise for me! This song did bring together The Cure with The Twilight Sad for their collaboration. Robert Smith, recently recorded a beautiful cover for this song.

The Twilight Sad
The Twilight Sad

The Twilight Sad delivered a great  performance with  7 songs on their Setlist, James Graham always deliver exceptional intensity and passion while singing becoming one with the music and dominating the stage with a distinctive, impressive presence. The 7 songs performed were: 1) There is a Girl in the Corner –  2) Last January – 3) That Summer at Home I Had Become the Invisible Boy – 4) It Never Was The Same – 5) Seven Years of Letters – 6) Reflection of The Television – 7) And She Would Darken the Memory.

The Cure Concert Begin
The Cure Concert Begin

The sun was almost down by 8pm. The arena of the Hollywood Bowl was full and exciting.  Clouds were invading the sky creating the perfect shade of darkness and gray atmosphere for The Cure to take the stage. The show opened with the beautiful and distinct sound of the guitars and Robert voice singing  “Open” the first song of a long beautiful and insane Setlist featuring 33 amazing songs, 4 encores and two new songs performed Step into the Light and It can never be the same . The Cure gifted us with 3 hours of an amazing and spectacular show.

After playing 19 uninterrupted songs, the band left the stage for the first time.  Watching The Cure live is stunning!
They are better than ever. Robert Smith has amazing stamina, he can sing and play his guitar forever. In between songs Robert gave us few kind and cheerful words. Roberts voice is as fresh and powerful like time hasn’t passed, the same for  his unique look, the only difference is that he is letting his hair color natural. Besides that, his black eye-lined eyes, lipstick, black dressed and heavy boots all still there. He is “The Cure” the founder and heart of this amazing band and it’s so great to see that unity as band that make them amazing like their music.

After 23 songs and at the end of the encore 2 my favorite song  “A Forest” blown away  the Hollywood Bowl! There are not enough words to describe how this song effected me and everyone else there.  This song has been with me almost all my life. No matter what has changed growing up, or going through life experiences and I think when this happens that’s what great music is all about, you become one with it, and will never leave you. Was an incredible experience to hear it live!

After this great moment, we had encore 3 and encore 4 more beautiful songs were played.  The Cure wanted to give us everything they could in 3 hours time and still a lot more of amazing music from their discography were left un played. Robert & Co.  enjoyed play their music with us very much it was like they never wanted to stop until the grand final with the song “Boys Don’t Cry”. This concert was outstanding and fantastic for so many reasons.  I have seen two amazing loved bands and I would love to see them again and again and again…

A special thanks to The Cure and to The Twilight Sad for this unforgettable concert and for their timeless great music!

 

Late in October 2016 I have created a watercolor ink painting dedicated to The Twilight Sad
1st Release Collectors Limited Edition Fine Art Print are available on pre-order Here 

Featured Photos by Photographer  ©Mauro Melis
Thank you Mauro for let me use them!

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And The Featured of the Month is…

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And FEATURED is… Andy Smart!

 

YesterdayAfter  Featured of the Month  April 2016

 

Hello everyone during last 30 days I came across lots of beautiful, interesting and inspiring Blogs and I made my pick for the month of April. I choose between all the wonderful Bloggers that left their Blog links at our weekly event Meet and Greet Fridays!

This month is about exploring life travelling and discovering China!

Today I am very pleased and honored to introduce you my new  Featured of the  Month and featured is…Author Andy Smart and his Blog Just Turn Left  same title goes to his great book!

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A Book to read!

I discovered Andy only about a month ago we came across each other Blogs and we followed and stayed connected. Andy has a very friendly and great personality he seems that friend that you knew all life long and it is fun to engage with.  Andy has a great Blog dedicated to his life change, his journey going from UK to China. The Blog is filled with his beautiful street photography, travelling experiences, advice,  suggestions and daily life happening, he always bring me a good laugh while reading his posts! Andy is a Writer, Teacher, Traveler and I add Explorer too, he is the Author of the book “Just Turn Left at the Mountain multi-entry trials meandering across Chinese borders”  

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In 2005 Andy Smart opted for a life change and hit the road; a truly amazing three year journey across China, South East Asia, South Korea and Mongolia. After finally setting roots down in Beijing he finally found the time to write about the adventure. Andy writes with humor in mind so if you want something to put a smile on your face then grab ‘Just Turn Left at the Mountain, multi-entry trials meandering across Chinese borders’. In his down to earth streetwise style Andy writes with the sole intention of making his readers laugh out loud and brighten up their day.” 

Andy also developed his own TEFL teaching and living in China.

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I hope that you all enjoyed this Feature and to know more please visit Andy Smart Blog!

 

(Please Andy grab this Badge and post it somewhere on your Blog!)

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How to be Featured on YesterdayAfter?

Stay Connected! Participate to the Meet and Greet Fridays weekly event leaving your Blog link, Follow here and on my other social media be active! Inspire!
You never know…maybe next Month I will choose YOU!

 


You can follow Andy at:

Blog >  justurnleft.com
Twitter > @AndySmart01
Facebook> Just Turn Left at the Mountain

Amazon> Just Turn Left at the Mountain  – 1st edition.
Book 5 Stars Reviews! 😉

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Have a wonderful week you all…
Congratulations to Andy for be the Featured of the Month April 2016
Stay tuned for the next month feature!!!

-Carolina

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Featured Blogger: Carolina Russo

I am the Featured Blogger on ART by Rob Goldstein!!!
I am so honored, thankful and very happy to be the first Featured Blogger on Rob Blog I love his work and always he does an amazing job! Rob had great questions for my interview I suggest you to check it out!
Thank you Rob!!!

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Art by Rob Goldstein

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I decided to experiment and interviewed Carolina Russo of YesterdayAfter.

Carolina was born and raised in Italy.

Her creative interests include makingjewelry, photography, writing poetry, and painting with watercolors and acrylics, mixed media.

Carolina is also passionate for antiques, vintage, and founds objects.

She uses her blog, in part, to market limited edition garments, jewelry and accessories.

Carolina moved to the United States from Italy in 2002 and lives in California.

Thank you for giving me the interview, Carolina!

I may make interviews a monthly event.

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1.Did you begin blogging with the idea of blogging as a professional?

First of all I truly want to thank you Robert for this beautiful “Feature” and for all your great questions. I started this Blog almost one year ago with the intent and primary focus to launch my Jewelry Design Collections and the…

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And Featured is…

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Indie Music Artist

And FEATURED is… James Radcliffe!

YesterdayAfter  Featured of the Month  March 2016 

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I love to meet and interact with new artists sharing and their work of art and their beautiful words!

This month is about Music!

Today I am very pleased and honored to introduce you the first YesterdayAfter Featured of the Month and of the Year 2016 a great inspiring multi-talented Artist, writer and Music Composer from Edinburgh, Scotland UK based  James Radcliffe I discovered James beautiful, stunning music and writings when I started my Blog almost a year ago. His creativity and experimental work continually evolves inspired from everything. He strive in the authenticity of his creations, from the music to his writings and everything else he produce.  James has a great personality and kindly connect with his audience and I am very happy that we connected! His music inspires me as Artist during my own creations.

On his Blog you can read that James is “…a groundbreaking and radically independent: musician, writer, and spoken word artist” who has been performing live since the age of 8.

He writes, records, mixes, and masters all of his work from his home studio and has leveraged the power of the internet to build a worldwide grassroots audience on his own terms.  His music is now played and listened to around the world, his blog is read in 170+ countries, he has in excess of 65’000 fans on Twitter, and his latest release went straight to the #1 spot on Bandcamp.

 

“I’ve made music and art ever since I can remember.
It’s in my blood.
It’s like breathing for me; it’s my life.”

 

James Radcliffe

Why I make music…

I make music because……of the place that it comes from.  The state I am in when I am making it.  That place where time disappears and everything else dissolves.  The place where fierce joy rises up, unbidden, like golden light filling a well.

That is why I make music.

-JR

Here I post a sample from James’s Soundcloud page visit for more…

I hope that you enjoyed this Feature please visit James Blog!
And listen the collection of meditative ambient soundscapes, created with: cello, acoustic guitar, and a single loop pedal. Enjoy the beautiful and relaxing music!

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How can you be Featured on YesterdayAfter?
Stay Connected! Participate to the Meet and Greet Fridays weekly event leaving your Blog link, Follow here and on my other social media be active! Inspire!
You never know…maybe next Month I will choose YOU!

Have a great week!
-CR

 

You can follow James at:

Website: http://www.jamesradcliffe.com
Music: http://www.jamesradcliffemusic.com
Twitter: @JamesRadcliffe

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A blogger to know

Today I had a wonderful surprise from my blogger friend writer and journalist Romanus Ngobesing  from the Blog Success Inspirer he made my day with this surprise post! And I love to share it with all of you! Have a wonderful weekend! Thank you Romanus 😉

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YesterdayAfter is a blog I would love to invite you to visit and meet the brain behind it. I will tell you why.

The web space in question is a unique environment through which the author wishes to “touch your soul with our One-of-a kind creations” and to let her creativity “inspire you in your daily life.”

The brain behind YesterdayAfter is a radiant soul, Carolina Russo; and if you ask me who she is, I have no difficulty telling you.

Carolina’s gleaming beauty is the first attraction that hits your vision when you visit her site and read her ‘About page’. But far beyond that sweet face is a tender loving heart.

Ask me how I know this. I have trailed Carolina’s language journey on her site, my site and other sites and I find no thread of doubt in my mind that the shiny smile on her face…

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And today FEATURED is
…. Barbara Franken she would be on my sidebar widget for this week!

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Hi everyone this weekend has been very sad, for what we heard in the news about what happened in Paris. Terror and sadness invaded into the life of people who were trying to enjoy a normal day suddenly striked by darkness.

Today we need something positive to look forward….

Thank you for participating to this weekly Meet and Greet event. I want to thank all of you and all the new Bloggers that left their links here.

It is truly difficult every week to choose just one of you, but I am trying my best to introduce you with inspiring, creative and awesome Blogs!
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How can you be Featured on YesterdayAfter?
Stay Connected! Follow my Blog and on my other Social Media be active!

Today I am very happy to introduce you with Barbara Franken a very inspiring, creative and motivating writer and Artist.

Barbara Just launched her new book:

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New Book – Me Magnificent Self

“Your magnificent Self” A Journey To Freedom I am very curious to read it! I have to say that I was very lucky to be the winner of Barbara awesome giveaway on Facebook! She did ask 3 questions and when I saw the post I knew my answers, and I reply to it. I won a e-Book copy !!! Yay!
You all can read the Book review and more visiting her Blog!

Very interesting are the journeys to Freedom that Barbara are experiencing from years of searching through awareness and consciousness for a new energy to fulfill her life!
Barbara is a wonderful soul, I am very happy that we came across each other and share our journeys here Barbara actually live in Spain but she is from The Netherlands. This is the beautiful part of having a Blog and meet friends from all over the world!

I am sure many of you already follow her Blog, but if you don’t,  please stop by and have a nice visit!

Have a great day!
Je t’aime to all the French friends ❤

-CR